General Article Anti-terrorism powers

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The most useful and possibly the only up-to-date source of information on these is to be found on the Home Office website:

The powers described below are in addition to all the general powers the police have under other legislation: that is, PACE and the common law. They have extra powers at ports and airports that are not included below. This section outlines powers in relation to individuals rather than organisations.

These additional powers apply in the investigation of ‘terrorism’. Terrorism is defined by the TA 2000 as follows:

The use or threat of action where the action:

  • Involves serious violence against a person;
  • Involves serious damage to property;
  • Endangers a person’s life, other than that of the person committing the action;
  • Creates a serious risk to the health or safety of the public or a section of the public; or is designed to seriously interfere with or seriously disrupt an electronic system; and
  • The use or threat of this action is desi...

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